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More than 1,000 attend College Fair at Penn State Beaver

More than 1,000 prospective students and their families attended the 12th annual Beaver County College Fair hosted by Penn State Beaver on Oct. 2 in the campus gymnasium. The event was free and open to the public and co-sponsored by Beaver campus and The Times. Representatives from more than 100 colleges, universities, technical schools and the military were on hand to answer questions and provide information. The event is recognized as the premier college fair serving Beaver County students. For information about Penn State Beaver, contact the Admissions Office at 877-JOIN-PSU or br-admissions@psu.edu, or visit www.beaver.psu.edu.

Penn State Beaver Admissions Office will host Fall Open House

The Penn State Beaver Admissions Office will host a Fall Open House at 9 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 26, in the Student Union Building. Prospective students and their families are invited to explore Penn State opportunities, meet with faculty and current students, tour campus and learn about the value of a Penn State degree. To register or for more information, contact the Admissions Office at br-admissions@psu.edu or 877-JOIN-PSU, or visit www.beaver.psu.edu.

Beaver campus Office of Continuing Education is offering legal education courses

This fall the Penn State Beaver Office of Continuing Education is offering a series of legal education courses, each of which has been approved for 2.5 hours of CLE Continuing Education.

Each course is held from 6 to 9 p.m. for a fee of $40. Courses will be held at Penn State Beaver (PSB), 100 University Drive, Monaca, Pa. and at the Regional Learning Alliance (RLA), 850 Cranberry Woods Drive, Cranberry Township, Pa.

Emerging Cyber and Exposure Issues and Other Insurance Issues, Tuesday, Oct. 8 - PSB, Thursday, Oct. 10 - RLA

Identity Theft, Prevention and Detection, Tuesday, Oct. 15 - PSB, Thursday, Oct. 17 - RLA

IRS Audits, Updates and Appeals, Tuesday, Oct. 22 - PSB, Thursday, Oct. 24 - RLA

Tax Professionals' Duties and Responsibilities (two hours - Tax, one hour - Ethics), Tuesday, Oct. 29 - PSB, Thursday, Oct. 31 - RLA

Applying Specialized Expertise to Solve Client Issues, Tuesday, Nov. 5 - PSB, Thursday, Nov. 7 - RLA

PA State and Local Tax Update, Tuesday, Nov. 12 - PSB, Thursday, Nov. 14 - RLA

Individual Tax Update, Tuesday, Nov. 19 - PSB, Thursday, Nov. 21 - RLA

Accounting and Auditing Update, Tuesday, Nov. 26 – PSB, Thursday, Dec. 5 - RLA

CPA Ethics Overview, Tuesday, Dec. 3, Thursday, Dec. 12 – RLA

To register or obtain more information, contact the Continuing Education Office at 724-773-3700, beaverce@psu.edu or visit www.beaver.psu.edu.

Professor Wijekumar is primary author of recent journal article

Kay Wijekumar, associate professor of information sciences and technology at Penn State Beaver, is the primary author of an article published recently in the journal Computers & Education.

The article, titled “High-Fidelity Implementation of Web-Based Intelligent Tutoring System Improves Fourth and Fifth Graders’ Content Area Reading Comprehension,” was written with Bonnie Meyer, professor of educational psychology in the Penn State College of Education, and Pui-Wa Lei, associate professor of education.

Wijekumar is the creator of the Intelligent Tutoring System for the Structure Strategy (ITSS), which aims to increase reading comprehension for students in grades 4 through 12. Her recent article report how this Web-based tutoring system helped to improve reading comprehension among fourth- and fifth-grade students. She ran large scale randomized controlled trials as principal investigator and director. Earlier this year she wrote a grant report, “Efficacy Grant on ITSS (Intelligent Tutor Structure Strategy)” and co-authored a technical report, “The Effects of Odyssey Math on Grade 4 Student Math Achievement in the Mid-Atlantic Region,” both of which were published by the Institute of Education Sciences.

In 2011 Wijekumar co-authored an article, "Web-Based Tutoring of the Structure Strategy With or Without Elaborated Feedback or Choice for Fifth and Seventh-Grade Readers," in the Reading Research Quarterly. She is currently the principle investigator on three research projects for which she has received almost $6 million. In addition to teaching and conducting extensive research, Wijekumar regularly takes her IST students to universities and businesses around the world to allow them first-hand experience in not only attending scholarly presentations as well as delivering their own group presentations on their IST research.

In 2011 she traveled to Italy with students from her Senior Synthesis Class, which presented its iPhone and Droid Application Development and Prototype at the International Conference on Computer Applications in Venice. In 2012 Wijekumar traveled with students to Germany where the students gave a presentation at the International Association for Development of the Information Society Conference, 2012 Information Systems. The students were from Wijekumar’s capstone course titled Information Sciences and Technology Integration and Problem Solving.

She has also traveled with IST students to Spain and Singapore. Wijekumar received the 2006 Penn State Beaver Advisory Board Faculty Excellence in Research Award and was named Outstanding Academic Advisor in 2008 by the Student Government Association. She holds a doctorate in instructional systems from Penn State, a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Pittsburgh and a bachelor’s degree in electronics engineering from Franklin University. Wijekumar can be contacted at kxw190@psu.edu or 724-773-3814.

Penn State Beaver Sports Scoreboard: Sept. 28 to Oct. 3

Saturday, Sept. 28
Men’s soccer – Penn State Beaver 2, Penn State Worthington Scranton 1
Women’s soccer – Bethany College 15, Penn State Beaver 0
Women’s volleyball – Penn State Mont Alto 3, Penn State Beaver 0
Women’s volleyball – Penn State Beaver 3, Penn State York 0

Sunday, Sept. 29
Women’s volleyball – Penn State Brandywine 3, Penn State Beaver 0
Women’s volleyball – Penn State Beaver 3, Penn State Schuylkill 0

Wednesday, Oct. 2Men’s soccer - Penn State Greater Allegheny 2, Penn State Beaver 1
Women’s soccer – Penn State Beaver 3, Penn State Greater Allegheny 1

Thursday, Oct. 3
Women’s volleyball – Penn State Fayette 3, Penn State Beaver 1

For scores and play-by-play details or for information about Beaver intercollegiate or intramural athletics, visit www.psubeaverathletics.com, or contact Andy Kirschner, athletic director, at ack121@psu.edu or 724-773-3826, or BJ Bertges, assistant athletic director, at bjb36@psu.edu or 724-773-3845.

Admissions Office will host Columbus Day Application Workshop

The Penn State Beaver Admissions Office will host a Columbus Day Application Workshop, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 14, in the Student Union Building.

Participants can complete applications and those applying to Beaver campus may receive an immediate decision. The $50 application fee will be waived. Participants must bring their official transcripts. Campus tours will be provided. In addition, Penn State information sessions will be held at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., room 16, Student Union Building.

For more information, contact the Admissions Office at br-admissions@psu.edu or call 1-877-JOIN-PSU.

Beaver campus United Way Committee offers Penn State Creamery ice cream

The Penn State Beaver United Way Committee has announced its first-ever sale of half gallons of Penn State Creamery ice cream. The sale is open to the public as well as all campus faculty, staff and students. Orders must be placed by 5 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 10.

Order forms are available now by contacting Dana Alvetro, program assistant, Office of Continuing Education, at dlb31@psu.edu or 724-773-3762. Payment is cash or check only and must be made when the order is placed. Cost is $8.50 per half-gallon, and proceeds benefit the United Way of Beaver County. Orders can only be picked up at the Beaver campus Housing and Food Services Building from 2 to 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 21 and 22. Twelve flavors of ice cream are available: vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, butter pecan, peachy Paterno, bittersweet mint, WPSU coffee break, coconut chip, peanut butter swirl, cookies & cream, chocolate chip cookie dough, and death by chocolate.

In addition to Alvetro, other United Way Committee members are Ted Froats, manager of information technology; Parker Goolsby, coordinator of residence life; Cindy Platz, staff assistant, Office of Finance and Business; Renata Shaw, staff assistant, Offices of the Chancellor, Campus and Community Relations, and the Brodhead Cultural Center; Claudia Tanaskovic, instructor in chemistry, Justin Vorbach, admissions counselor; and Jennie Ward, staff assistant, Offices of the Registrar and the Division of Undergraduate Studies.

For more information, contact Alvetro or Shaw at rxm70@psu.edu or 724-773-3553.

Beaver's Penn State Day celebration is Oct. 25 and 26

Penn State Beaver’s annual Penn State Day celebration will be held Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25 and 26. All events are free and open to the public. The following is the schedule of events:

Friday, Oct. 25 - Blue and White Spirit Day
Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to wear blue and white and/or Penn State apparel. A bonfire will be held at dusk behind Harmony Hall residence hall. Free s’mores and hot apple cider will be provided.

Saturday, Oct. 26Admissions Open House, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Student Union Building
Prospective students and their families will learn about academic programs, extracurricular activities, financial aid and the application process.

Intramural Flag Football Championship Game, 10 a.m., Intramural field behind the gym

Campus Carnival, noon to 3:30 p.m., lawn, center of campus (In the event of inclement weather, all events will be held in the gym.) Inflatable games, cotton candy, kettle corn and novelty attractions will be featured.

Cornhole Tournament, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m., lawn, center of campus (In the event of inclement weather, the tournament will be held in the gym.)

Beaver alumni vs. Beaver men’s and women’s varsity basketball teams, gym - Men begin play at 5:30 p.m., followed by the women.

Blue and White Tailgate, 7 p.m., Brodhead Bistro Courtyard
Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Ohio State Buckeyes football game, 8 p.m., Brodhead Bistro Courtyard. Free stadium foods will be offered before and during the game for all in attendance. (Inclement weather location to be announced.)

For information about the Open House, contact the Admissions Office at br-admissions@psu.edu or 877-JOIN-PSU. For information about the weekend activities, contact Jennifer Toof, coordinator of student activities and residence life, jlt46@psu.edu or 724-773-3947.